Derek gets 1/2 a day with the heat.
Yanks 58-40, 2nd in AL East, 3 g.b.; They have a 5 1/2 gm. lead
for the wild card position.
OPS+ 109, ERA+ 119; FOUR games worse than their Pythagorean record.
Jeter DH .274-3-28 11sb/14att OPS+ 87 3015 hits, 5 behind Palmeiro
Granderson CF .266-26-72 19/28 146
Teixeira 1B .240-26-72 2/3 123
Cano 2B .297-16-62 6/7 127
Swisher RF .261-12-56 2/4 118
Martin C .222-10-39 7/8 88 see prv. post. not in favor of him 6 or 7th
Jones LF .204-6-17 0/0 85
Nunez SS .261-3-20 13/17 86
Laird 3B .250-0-1 0/0 81 1 for 4 in mlb career
Colon P 6-6, 3.34 ERA+ 124
Hopefully Colon holds up in the heat.
Check the bottom of the lineup. Check my previous post. Think they don’t need a bat? Please, Cash, check into Beltran (I wanted Beltran over Randy Johnson for 2005!)
One piece of concern: A.J. Burnett is 2-5 since June 1st. A foreshadowing of a repeat of last year?
I will have the minors on another post, but guess who is starting for Syracuse against SWB today? Chien Ming Wang.
In the 2d, trouble for Colon. With two out, he gives up a double, single and double for 2 runs. The Yanks got one back in the bottom of the 2d. With two outs, Martin singled, SB #8, scores on a Jones single. 2-1 A’s after two.
Two on, no out for the Yanks in the 3d, but they can’t score. 2-1 A’s after 3.
The Yanks take the lead in the 4th. With two out, Martin is HBP, Jones walks and Nunez comes through with a 2-run double. I know Nunez makes the errors, and a friend of mine doesn’t like Nunez, but I think the 24 year old rookie has some potential (as long as he tightens up his D). That’s 22 RBI for him, 13 SB, and compare that to Jeter. Remember that Nunez has a little less than half the at bats that Jeter has. 3-2 Yanks after four.
THANK YOU! In the Daily News Fifth, Filip Bondy FINALLY mentions to John and Suzyn that the Yanks might seek a bat (and he mentioned Beltran!) and that Posada hasn’t adapted to the DH role! FINALLY! Think John or Suzyn would say that? They’ll kiss Jorge’s ass to the end of time. Remember I’ve been advocating that for a while! I do give John and Suzyn credit for insisting that Robertson remain the 8th inning guy when Soriano returns. Suzyn makes a point to say that Robertson was an All-Star and has been fabulous (1.14 ERA) as opposed to Soriano’s 5.40 before he went on the DL. Salary be damned, you go with your best.
Great defense by the Yanks preserves the lead. With two out and a man on first, our old buddy, now nemesis, Hideki Matsui doubles, but the runner is thrown out at the plate. It’s an 8-4-2 (a daily # to play?) as it’s Granderson to Cano to Martin. The Yanks preserve a 3-2 lead. The two outs before that relay play were long shots to the warning track, one caught by Granderson, the other by Jones.
Granderson hits a 2-run HR #27 in the fifth to give the Yanks a 5-2 lead.
Love a Granderson HR. Hate it when Sterling sings The Grandy Man Can after he does so.
Teix follows with a single, moves up after a groundout. There’s a K, but singles by Martin and Jones make it 6-2. After the last couple of outs of last inning, I’d pull Colon here.
Nope. Colon still out there with the 6-2 lead. Boston is leading Seattle 5-3 in the 5th. If they win, it’ll be the Mariners 15th consecutive loss. They are currently 43-57. In other words, they were at .500 when this started. Ouch. A few weeks ago, the Orioles lost 9 in a row.
Still 6-2 after seven. D-Rob in for the 8th.
Colon was great. 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 H and 4 K. ERA drops a nickel to 3.29.
You knew Robertson was due for a blip. I mean, a 1.14 ERA? He gives up a run on back to back doubles in the 8th. 6-3. There is a walk, then two outs. But another double makes it 6-4, 2nd and 3rd, two out. A single can tie the game. Girardi goes to Mo for a four-out save. Mo is Mo as he gets out of the 8th inning jam.
Robertson 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K. ERA to 1.57.
The Yanks get an insurance run in the 9th. Single by Nunez, to 2d on a sac, SB #14, scores on a grounder by Jeter. 7-4.
Trouble for Mo in the 9th. With one out, three straight singles load the bases with one out. That last hit makes Godzilla 5 for 5 for the day.
Uh oh. A 4th straight single makes it 7-5. Mo then gets a liner to Teix, who steps on the bag to complete a game-ending DP.
Colon goes to 7-6, 3.29. Mo gets his 25th save in ugly fashion. It’s #584 of his career. His ERA goes up to 1.88. It’s the 15th straight season of 25 saves or more for Mo.